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Create Group Assignments

You want to select group assignments that create interdependence.

Positive interdependence can help produce meaningful relationships, greater productivity, and growth.

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To be sure students do collaborate and interact, you can use the groups tool and group assignments to foster an interactive online environment. A good rule of thumb to use before adding group activities is to only assign group work for projects that an individual student cannot do as well independently, and finish in the set amount of time.

You can create a group assignment and release it to one or more groups within your course. Each group submits one collaborative assignment and all members receive the same grade. You can create a single assignment and assign it to all groups, or create several unique assignments and assign them to individual groups. Only you and the members in a group have access to the assignment.

The overall grade for an assignment can appear to users as a numeric value, letter grade, percentage, text, or as complete/incomplete. You can choose the primary display for the group assignment column created automatically in the Grade Center.

Best Practice

Whenever possible, give students opportunities to get to know each other or work in groups in a non-graded, icebreaker type of activity. The more comfortable your students are with each other in your course as a whole, the more likely they will succeed when working in smaller groups with a focused agenda. Simple group exercises not only help students feel more comfortable, but also can help them begin to trust one another and communicate more freely in the online environment.

Before You Begin

  • A course group must exist prior to creating group assignments for it.
  • Students who are enrolled in more than one group receiving the same assignment will be able to submit more than one attempt for this assignment. You may need to provide these students with an overall grade for the assignment.
  • Students who are not enrolled at the time that a group assignment has been submitted do not have access to that submission. These students can see only that the submission occurred.
  • Students who you remove from a group cannot see the group assignments. They can access their submissions from My Grades.
  • If you edit the assignment between creation and the due date, the entire group may lose any work already in progress.
  • If you delete a group from the assignment after they have begun the work and prior to submission, they will lose access to the assignment and lose their work.

How to Create a Group Assignment

  1. On the action bar, point to Assessments and click Assignment.
  2. On the Create Assignment page, provide the instructions and files.
  3. Optionally, select a Due Date.
  4. In the Grading section, type the Points Possible, associate a rubric if needed, and select:
    1. Group Submission: In the Items to Select box, select the group or groups. Click the right-pointing arrow to move the selection into the Selected Items box. For Windows, to select multiple groups in a row, press and hold the Shift key and click each group. To select groups out of sequence, press the Ctrl key and click each group. For Macs, press the Command key instead of the Ctrl key. You can also select all groups with the Select All function.

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    2. Optionally, make selections for anonymous and delegated grading, and Grade Center information. To learn more, see Assignment Grade Settings. On the Upload Assignment page, students are informed if their group assignment is set to be graded anonymously. They are asked not to include any identifying information with their group submissions.
  5. Make the assignment available.
  6. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Display restrictions do not affect availability, only when the assignment appears.
  7. Click Submit.

In the following example, the group assignment appears in the Assignments content area where it was created and on the group homepage. The following image shows the instructor view.

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About Multiple Attempts

You can allow more than one attempt on a group assignment. The group can receive feedback and a grade for each submission.

When you create the group assignment, you can select which score to use in the Grade Center calculations, such as last graded attempt or the average. To learn more, see Multiple Assignment Attempts.